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This Handmade Skull Puts All Other Halloween Masks To Shame

OCTOBER 11, 2015  —  By Amanda Black  
Amanda Black

Amanda Black

Amanda hails from the great state of Maine. In the past, she's written for sites like TheKnot.com, ShermansTravel.com, and Thrillist.com. On ViralNova, you can catch her covering animal cuteness, travel, DIY tricks, and everything in between!

Halloween is a wonderful time of year. You get to dress up in ridiculous costumes...and win prizes because you look weird. I mean, how awesome is that?!

Well, Catherine Gretschel, the genius mind and crafter behind Aisha Voya Creations, takes the holiday extremely seriously. While we can all ogle her designs in their finished forms, thankfully, she offered a peek behind the scenes. You'll be blown away by her creation process...perhaps even more so than the finished products.

She starts with some DAS air-drying paper clay.

Gretschel purchased the mannequin online and molded the clay to its face.

Prop teeth were added -- Gretschel found them on eBay.

The craft process involves a lot of sanding. She then adds more clay details, carves, lets it dry, and sands again.

To make the skull more durable, she added some primer.

And it was ready to go in a mold!

She brushed on four layers of Rebound 25 platinum-cure and used a trowelable plastic mold.

When the mold was finished, she cast a white polyurethane resin.

According to Gretschel, she "painted with acrylics, sealed [it] with matte spray." It's "backed in a soft faux leather, with real leather straps."

Beautiful...

But still so spooky!

If you're dying for your own scary skull, check out her online store -- there are tons more where this one came from!